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South Africa: almost 13,497 Coronavirus cases, medical oxygen low
Ambulance responding to Covid-19 suspected cases and place them in isolation hospitals and quarantine in Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Ambulance responding to Covid-19 suspected cases and place them in isolation hospitals and quarantine in Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa Credit: Khethukuthula Mbonambi / Wikimedia Commons

South Africa is reporting 13497 new Coronavirus cases. Hotspots are in Johannesburg and Pretoria, both located in the Gauteng province, with over 1/3 of the daily cases.

Medical oxygen is now running low in hospitals in Gauteng. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said that they were working to divert more oxygen to these hospitals. Beds are filling so fast that patients are now also placed in heated tents in the hospital's parking lot.

Mkhize: "The storm that we have consistently warned South Africans about is now arriving."

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Five killed, 40 arrested in hostage situation at South Africa church
Five killed, 40 arrested  in hostage situation at South Africa church
Credit: South African Police Service (Public Domain)

Five people have been killed and six hospitalised after shooters took hostages at the International Pentecostal Holiness Church in Zuurbekom, South Africa on Saturday

South African Police Service said they had rescued men, women and children, and arrested at least 40 people. Officers also added they are investigating the possibility the attack may have been motivated by an internal feud between conflicting parties of the church.

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South Africa: Schools have now reopened
Minister Angie Motshekga briefs media
Minister Angie Motshekga briefs media Credit: GovernmentZA (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

South African schools reopened on Monday. It was the first day of school for students of primary and secondary schools in over a month. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said that schools should not resume if they are not ready to do so, but 95% of primary and secondary schools did reopen.

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South Africa: Protestors join George Floyd Solidarity movement

People gathered in front of the South African parliament in Cape Town this Wednesday and joined the global Black Lives Matters movement. South Africans were expressing solidarity with George Floyd. Protestors also remembered South African Collins Khosa who died of a beating at the hands of soldiers in April.

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South Africa: School reopening postponed by a week

South African schools were scheduled to open on Monday, June 1st. The Department of Basic Education now announced the reopening will be postponed by a week. The additional week is to be used for staff and teachers to acquaint themselves with the new safety guidelines.

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Africa: 140,000 confirmed coronavirus cases

Africa now has a total of 140,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and each country has reported at least one case. 4223 people suffered death from the coronavirus.

China promised support to Africa and will donate 30 million test kits per month as well as ventilators and masks, so Cyril Ramaphosa, president of South Africa.

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Places of worship allowed to reopen in South Africa as of June 1st, restaurants must stay closed
St. Bartholomew's Church, in Market Street Grahamstown, South Africa
St. Bartholomew's Church, in Market Street Grahamstown, South Africa Credit: Waynejayes / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

With South Africa entering lockdown level 3, places of worships will be allowed to reopen their doors to worshipers as of June 1st. Restaurants and other eateries must remain closed. The Restaurant Association of South Africa is demanding an explanation from the government on the reasoning for this decision. Restaurant owners claim they can not sustain their business on deliveries and pick-ups alone.

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South African schools reopen as of June 1st
Trafalgar High School, Cape Town, South Africa
Trafalgar High School, Cape Town, South Africa Credit: HelenOnline / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Starting with Grades 7 and 12 and small schools, the reopening process of the educational sector has started in South Africa. Minister Angie Motshekga urged schools to follow safety protocols which will be provided to students, teachers and other staff. The National Coronavirus Command Council and Cabinet is also working with the Department of Social Development to help with "the needs of learners with disabilities and those in special schools [...] to ensure that no child is compromised".

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South Africa announces extensive measures against the COVID-19 pandemic, including a nationwide lockdown

According to the National Coronavirus Command Council extensive measures against the current pandemic will be taken in South Africa over the next days. This features a nationwide lockdown that will be in place from Thursday 26th of March until midnight on Thursday 16th of April and will be compulsory for all citizens except for these working in the selected fields, such as healthcare. Further measures include the establishment of a centralized patient management system, travel-restrictions and financial assistance for businesses and low-income households.